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DO NOT JUDGE

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Dan. 9:4-10 & Lk. 6: 31-38

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WHEN AFRAID OF THE FUTURE

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Luke 9:28-36

Are you afraid of the future? Then let the story of the Transfiguration give you courage.

Jesus climbed Mount Tabor when His life was in danger to spend time in prayer, quietness and solitude. On reaching the top He prayed while Peter, James and John slept. He had brought them half way to Heaven, not for the view of the valley but for the view of the sky. While they slept Heaven descended on Jesus and, when the Apostles awoke, they saw Him in glory.

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ADVICE FOR US ON LOVING OUR NEIGHBOURS

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Deut. 26:16-19 & Mt. 5:43-48

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SEARCH YOUR HEARTS IN THIS TIME OF REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION

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Ez. 1 8:21-28 & Mt. 5:20-26,

"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven." What did Jesus mean in these words to His disciples? He was talking about those Pharisees who appeared to live good lives, upholding the law and performing all the necessary religious duties. They could not be faulted on their outward behaviour but Jesus knew that their goodness was often superficial. There was a vast difference between their appearance, and their inner thoughts and attitudes.

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DON'T GIVE UP ON GOD IN LIFE'S DIFFICULTIES

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Esther 14:1, 3-5, 12-14 & Mt. 7:7-12.

Is your Christian faith a means of escape from the hard realities of life? Our critics often argue that people who cannot face unpleasant facts run away and hide in a make-believe world of pleasant fantasies. I suppose you can say that for some individuals this might be true.

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HOW WILL WE BE JUDGED BY THE GENTILES OF THE PAST?

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Jonah 3:1-10 & Lk. 11:29-32

Crowds were following Jesus and listening to His preaching but He seemed to be having no effect on them because they insisted on asking for some sign as proof of His identity. They had seen the miracles He had performed and heard His words of wisdom but still they were not convinced.

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GOD KNOWS WHAT IS BEST

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Is. 55:10-11 & Mt. 6:7-15

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A TRUE MEASURE OF LIFE FOR US

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Lev. 19:1-2, 11-18 & Mt. 25:31-46.

We shall all have to face the final judgement. On what will we be judged? Both today's readings make it clear that we must love our neighbour as we love ourselves, and at our trial we shall have to show evidence of having done this.
Moses stresses some of the things that we must not do to our neighbour. We must not steal from him, slander him, bear a grudge against him. We must not exploit employees or show contempt for the disabled. We would not like to be treated in this way ourselves, so why treat others like this?

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YOU CANNOT SILENCE THE TRUTH

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Gen. 9:8-15; 1 Pet. 3:18-22 & Mk 1:12-15.

There are two simple but powerful sentences in today's Gospel reading. But they are stated so casually that their significance could easily be overlooked. The sentences are, “After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There He proclaimed the Good News from God.” On the surface these words appear to be nothing more than a simple historical statement. Mark is dating the public ministry of Jesus and saying it started in Galilee right after John had been imprisoned by Herod.

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A FRIEND OF YOU AND ME

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Is. 58:9-14 & Lk 5:27-32

Once again Jesus was in trouble with the Pharisees and scribes. They objected to His eating and drinking with people generally regarded as sinners. Jesus replied that He was like a doctor who had come to heal the sick. The tragedy of the Pharisees was that they did not recognise that they were sick! They thought of themselves as virtuous, but behaved in the ways which Isaiah condemned. They placed heavy burdens on people's backs by imposing many rules and regulations. Jesus accused them of greed, intolerance, and lack of compassion.

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